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Pale yellow crocosmia

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 20:19

That was quick! Thank you. I looked at Solfaterre but it looks more of an orangey-yellow?

Pale yellow crocosmia

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 20:09

Hi everyone - the last two questions I posted both got brilliant answers which have sorted my problems (thank you), so I was hoping to make it a hat trick! I would like to underplant a dicentra spectabilis 'alba' with crocosmia, in the hope that as the bleeding heart dies back the crocosmia will take over. I am looking for a genuinely pale yellow crocosmia, rather than a bright gold or orange (more like the colour of corydalis lutea, or wild primrose). Does anyone have any recommendations? It's hard to tell from photos online; Google seems to suggest 'Lemon Spray' or  'Citronella', but Lemon Spray seems to be quite tall - I'm hoping for something in the 50-60cm range. It will also need to be able to cope with partial shade. Any ideas very much appreciated!

Thank you!


Posted: 16/05/2012 at 17:28

We have also had a lot of casualties to the slugs and snails this spring - the only two areas which seem to have been completely untouched are our two lettuce patches, ironically enough. But they are the two areas which we had turned into the snail equivalent of Fort Knox. We surrounded one with a thick ring of sharp sand - thick enough to not be washed away even in all the rain - and the slugs and snails *really* don't like it. I watched one try to crawl across and give up within a few millimetres, I suppose it must be like walking across broken glass. It probably wouldn't be feasible to protect the whole vegetable patch like that if you've got a big area but for a small bed it might be doable.

Then the other thing we have found works is to put our lettuce into a big container with one of those wicker frames around it (the kind that you can fold up and store in the winter), with netting over it. I'm not sure whether it was the netting or the gaps in the wicker that made the snails give up, but either way it worked. So defensive measures like that might be something to try, if like me you're too squeamish to actually kill them!

spindly cosmos seedlings

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 20:42

Having left them outside during the day for the last week, and spent the weekend repotting them much deeper, they now look much happier. I might have cosmos in my garden come the summer. Thank you sotongeoff!

Purple foliage plants for shade?

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 19:53

Just to say a followup thank you to Gold1locks - I decided to go for a heuchera, and after looking at lots of them actually decided to go for something in the yellowy green spectrum (a Citronelle) and rely on bulbs to introduce the purple touches. It is now planted and looks great. Thank you for the idea!

spindly cosmos seedlings

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 14:38

Thank you! I have been holding off putting them outside because it's been so cold, but I will get them out straight away.

spindly cosmos seedlings

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 13:46

This is a completely novice question, so forgive me. I sowed some mixed cosmos seed at the beginning of April, at the same time as some marigolds. They have been in the warm with lots of light on a windowsill. The marigolds have grown into lovely little sturdy plants, but the cosmos have shot up (about 2 1/2 to 3 inches tall) to become thin and leggy, and although they each now have 2 pairs of leaves they are bending over and can't stand up under their own weight. They can't cope with a fine-rose watering can and a single raindrop would flatten them! What have I done wrong? And can I retrieve the situation?

Any advice greatly appreciated! Many thanks.

Purple foliage plants for shade?

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 18:25

That's three brilliant ideas - thank you! I will go and stare at my flowerbed and try to imagine it with a vinca, a heuchera and an actea, and see which works!

I don't know Actea simplex - it sounds gorgeous and having just googled it it's a lovely plant, I'm just wondering whether it would be too tall under the tree.

Lots of food for thought - thank you!

Purple foliage plants for shade?

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 13:50

I am stumbling my way through trying to redesign my garden, and I was hoping to ask for some advice from some of the knowledgeable people on the forum. I am currently replanting a small, shady flowerbed in my small, shady London garden; it's against a brick wall, with a small apple tree in the middle of it. The soil is a bit clayey but actually not bad; and the bed gets some sun at the front but it's mostly in shade at the back so all the plants need to be shade tolerant. I have gone for a colour-scheme of yellowy-green, with some notes of purple.

My question is about the back of the flowerbed - I have two clusters of three euphorbia amygladoides robbiae at the back, acting as a greeny-yellow backdrop to some slightly shorter plants in purples and yellows eg geranium clerkei 'Kashmir Purple', and a cluster of corydalis lutea. The clusters of euphorbias are at the two back corners, but there is a gap about 80 cm across left between them, directly behind the apple tree. I wanted to fill in the gap with something that would  provide some structure behind the tree without being too eyecatching (as it will be partially hidden), and possibly provide some contrast in keeping with the colour theme.

I was wondering whether it would be a horrible mistake to put in euphorbia amygladoides purpurea - the same shaped plant but in a contrasting purple/bronze? But I have a feeling that that may be overpowering, and make it look as if the bed is striped like a mint humbug? Any ideas as to what would work in the space? I am a complete novice at this and most of what I have learned in the last three years has come from getting it wrong the first time round, so I would really appreciate any advice to help me shortcut any design disasters!

Thank you!

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